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The Duran - 2020-01-20 - Original post - cached version


Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org

U.S. President George Washington’s final words to his fellow Americans, upon leaving office, are now even more timely than when he spoke them, but have been ignored in practise for many decades; and...

The Duran - 2020-01-19 - Original post - cached version

Originally published on the Strategic Culture Foundation

I think any sane human being can agree that while war was never a good idea, war in the 21st century is an absolutely intolerable one. The problem we currently face is that many of the forces driving world events towards an...

The Duran - 2020-01-19 - Original post - cached version

Authored by Cynthia Chung via The Strategic Culture Foundation:

“There is a kind of character in thy life, That to the observer doth thy history, fully unfold.”

– William Shakespeare

Once again we find ourselves in a situation of crisis, where the entire world holds...

The Duran - 2020-01-19 - Original post - cached version

Authored by Robert Bridge via The Strategic Culture Foundation:

Following a protest against a ‘drag queen story time’ at a library in Australia, Wilson Gavin, 21, the president of the University of Queensland Liberal National Club, was found dead the next morning at a train station...

The Duran - 2020-01-19 - Original post - cached version

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the French President Macron’s decision to not press ahead with pension age reform in order to put an end to the punishing transit strikes that have plagued France for months.

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The Duran - 2020-01-18 - Original post - cached version

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the decision by the EU to trigger the DRM (dispute resolution mechanism) and essentially pull out of the JCPOA. UN sanction will inevitably snapback on Iran in a matter of weeks.

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The Duran - 2020-01-18 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Paul Antonopoulos, Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies…

The BrahMos Russian-Indian joint venture, established in 1998 and named after the rivers Brahmaputra and Moskva in India and Russia respectively, has produced powerful cruise...

The Duran - 2020-01-18 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Johanna Ross, journalist based in Edinburgh, Scotland…

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his annual inauguration speech on Wednesday, announcing a welfare package for women and children which would put the average western democracy to shame....

The Duran - 2020-01-18 - Original post - cached version


Eric Zuesse

On January 14th, the world’s largest investor, BlackRock, sent two historic letters, one addressed to “Clients” (basically the world’s wealthiest individuals and their financial advisors) and the other to “CEOs” (the heads of the firms in...

The Duran - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version


Eric Zuesse

On January 17th, Reuters editors chose to publish and headline an alleged ‘news’-report “Flap with Warren knocks Sanders’ strategy off course”, indicating that Sanders was ‘knocked off course’, and that Warren gained at his expense, when the...

The Duran - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

This little video is enough to turn the entire American narrative about Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on its head.

Here we see President Vladimir Putin, President Assad and Patriarch John X of Antioch and all the East, the oldest (and Orthodox) Christian Church in continuous...

The Duran - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Padraig McGrath, political analyst…

Ahead of this year’s Munich Security Conference, due to begin on February 14th, its chairman Wolfgang Ischinger praised what he called President Putin’s “method” concerning security-issues in the Middle East....

The Duran - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Paul Antonopoulos, Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies…

With tensions mounting between Iran and the United States after the latter assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, Baghdad has now been pushing to free itself...

The Duran - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the latest and greatest smoking gun now being trotted out before Congress, and their mainstream media shills, Lev Parnas and Robert F. Hyde…the two men supposedly tasked by Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to...

The Duran - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by Steve Brown…

First, the background.  When the United States abandoned the Iran agreement, that left Turkey’s oil imports adrift due to newly imposed US Treasury sanctions on Iranian oil exports. By December 2018, Turkey was forced to look elsewhere for its oil imports...

The Duran - 2020-01-16 - Original post - cached version

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the meeting in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, where a variety of topics were discussed including Nord Stream 2, Ukraine, Libya and the Iran JCPOA.

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The Duran - 2020-01-16 - Original post - cached version

The utter incompetence of the US diplomatic effort led by Zalmay Khalilzad has 2 new American deaths on its hands as the first of the new decade. Jezail.org has long pointed out that the delegation of so-called Taliban in Doha who are in some kind of negotiation with Khalilzad do not...

The Duran - 2020-01-16 - Original post - cached version

The magazine Index On Censorship was founded way back in 1972. I can’t say I have ever been enamoured with it, although I did contribute a couple of news reports in 1990, for which if I recall, I was not paid.

Thus, not being a regular reader, I was somewhat surprised to receive a...

The Duran - 2020-01-16 - Original post - cached version

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the NBC News report that US President had authorized Iran’s Soleimani killing 7 months ago in June, with conditions, and as a part of a “list” of “menu” options presented the the US president, courtesy of John...

The Duran - 2020-01-16 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by Steve Brown…

Certainly the US military limits information about particular missile defense systems deployed at particular bases and quite rightly so. However the US media has publicly stated that there are no Patriot missile defense systems at US military bases in Iraq...

The Duran - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

The world marches forward into the new year with a mix of hope and trepidation. The words of Martin Luther King who warned in his final days the universal truth that either we commit to “nonviolent coexistence or violent coannihilation” ring as true today as they did when they were spoken...

The Duran - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version


Eric Zuesse

An important study was reported on January 7th in the scientific journal Annals of Internal Medicine, published by the American College of Physicians. It’s titled “Health Care Administrative Costs in the United States and Canada, 2017”.

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The Duran - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

From Strategic Culture

Trump’s response to the attack on two US military bases showcase a hopeful about face on a dark age agenda which many thought could lead nowhere but World War III in the immediate days following Soleimani’s murder on January 3.

Immediately after the...

The Duran - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/22/world/asia/afghanistan-election-ghani.html

The above New York Times article is dated Dec 22. The crisis has been going on for months. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has vowed to file a complaint. That was in December. Will it even be heard? Will it even be...

The Duran - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by William Stroock, author of military fiction…

In the 19th century, the United States and Europe thought the Middle East was a hot, exotic backwater. The region was governed by the Ottoman empire, the ‘sick man of Europe’ propped up by competing...

The Duran - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Paul Antonopoulos, Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies…

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin made a joint statement last week regarding the civil war raging in Libya to “declare a sustainable...

The Duran - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Johanna Ross, journalist based in Edinburgh, Scotland…

Once again the French have shown the world now to protest, and that protesting works. President Emmanuel Macron was forced to roll back his plans for pensions reform over the weekend as...

The Duran - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by Mousumi Roy…

History is a great laboratory because so many data are available. Open Borders makes sense, both economically and socially. Immigration. The idea that more than a handful of immigrants come-for government handouts is simply inconsistent with the facts. The...

The Duran - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Authored by Tom Luongo via Gold, Goats, ‘n Guns blog:

The day Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she would open up impeachment proceedings against President Trump I called it a coup. It was obvious to me then and more obvious to me today that we are headed to a dangerous place (a...

The Duran - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by George Callaghan…

Meghan Markle is a disgrace. You could be forgiven for thinking that this willful woman was hellbent on destroying the British monarchy. Grasping, deceitful, vain, twofaced, treacherous and manipulative – that is enough about her good traits. Her...

The Duran - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version


Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org

According to BBC’s top expert on jihadist movements, official publications from ISIS are now calling the killing of the Iranian General Qasem Soleimani an act of God, and are portraying Shiite Iran...

The Duran - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Nancy Pelosi’s failed attempt to extract concessions from the US Senate as her impeachment holdout appears to be coming to an end.

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The Duran - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Paul Antonopoulos, Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies…

While the final outcome of the U.S.-Iran conflict is not yet clear, US media outlets and think tanks are already claiming that Russian President Putin is the winner. The U.S...

The Duran - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

The airliner crash in Tehran was a tragic apotheosis for the escalation of tensions in the Middle East. However, while Iran claimed responsibility for the incident, many questions remained unanswered. And it’s not just about the PS 752 flight that was on its way to Kiev. This tragedy...

The Duran - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

Anyone looking at a map of the Belt and Road Initiative will notice that Syria, Iraq and Iran’s stability and active participation are vital for this world changing program to function. Anyone not realizing that this program of win-win cooperation is in direct anti-thesis to the neocon...

The Duran - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how the Trump White House worked through the Swiss Embassy, immediately following the death of Soleimani, to de-escalate the crisis with Iran.

Cutting through the fiery comments, tweets and media...

The Duran - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Sarah Abed, independent journalist/analyst…

Ten days have passed since US President Donald J. Trump ordered the assassination of Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force (IRCG) Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, and Iraqi militia commander Abu...

The Duran - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by Steve Brown

“A Society of Sheep must in time beget a Government of Wolves” — Bertrand de Jouvenel

Stephen Hadley, former National Security Advisor to the George W Bush regime, is one of the top US Neoconservative activists. Hadley is a pro, a battle-wizened key...

The Duran - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version


Eric Zuesse (This updated version is first published at The Saker.)

This article from 21 July 2017 is here updated and expanded to the present; and the dead links in it have been replaced by functional (this time, archived — and thus more permanent)...

The Duran - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

From the Strategic Culture Foundation

War hawks in Israel and Washington have been quick to denounce Iran’s nuclear power ambitions for years with the repeated excuse that “Iran has so much oil that nuclear energy is irrelevant for them- unless they wanted to build an Islamic Bomb...

The Duran - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss protests in Serbia and Montenegro, with thousands of supporters of the Serbian Orthodox Church, calling into question a new law on religion and property seizure set to take effect in Montenegro.

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The Duran - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Wanting to know more about the PS752 flight allegedly losing its own ASD-B /GPS signal and leaving the civilian air corridor by some metres and being unable to identify itself, I was on some pilot forum looking for information. On the pilot forum there was discussion of how there was an...

The Duran - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Authored by Michael Averko via The Strategic Culture Foundation:

There’ve been ongoing propaganda pieces that skirt over some inconvenient realities, for those seeking to unfairly admonish Russia in the Olympic movement. One case in point is the January 2 Reuters article “Use 1992...

The Duran - 2020-01-11 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by Mousumi Roy…

I am very saddened to hear about the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman who ruled for nearly a half century. Because Qaboos had no children, according to the constitution, the Royal Family will need to name a successor within a time frame of...

The Duran - 2020-01-11 - Original post - cached version

According to an article in the Guardian Friday, the police want to ban the sale of anonymous pay-as-you-go mobile phones. The rationale given for this is that drug dealers including organised gangs are using them. Presumably drug dealers also use knives and forks; should we ban them too...

The Duran - 2020-01-11 - Original post - cached version

From The Canadian Patriot Review

Many Canadians have been rabble roused to extremes over revelations that Canadian Foreign Aid to Iran amounted to $2.5 million over 2018. Even though aid to other nations like Afghanistan, Syria and Ethiopia were magnitudes larger, a writer from the...

The Duran - 2020-01-10 - Original post - cached version


Eric Zuesse

On January 9th, Iraq’s Prime Minister and Parliament again ordered all American troops out, but on January 10th the AP headlined “US dismisses Iraq request to work on a troop withdrawal plan” and reported that the U.S. State Department “...

The Duran - 2020-01-10 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Paul Antonopoulos, Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies…

Italy, Russia and Turkey have been pressing for an end to the war in Libya between the Parliament-backed Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Turkish-backed Muslim Brotherhood...

The Duran - 2020-01-10 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Johanna Ross, journalist based in Edinburgh, Scotland…

When the Queen gave her annual speech at Christmas, she spoke of the ‘bumpy path’ that she and her family had been on over the past year. She was of course referring to one of the worst...

The Duran - 2020-01-10 - Original post - cached version

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Padraig McGrath, political analyst…

Are Russia’s Avangard and Sarmat missiles really the game-changers which they’re depicted to be?

Readers may recall President Putin’s unveiling of these weapons systems on May 1st 2018. His state of the...

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